The starting grid for race 2 was Melandri on pole with Camier and Lowes completing the front row. Savadori, Forés and Torres lined up on row 2 with Sykes, Rea and Davies behind. Row 4 was Laverty, Reiterberger, van der Mark, De Rosa, Mercado and Bradl who was declared fit to race today, in front of Badovini, Giugliano and Jezek. On Row 7 it was Krummenacher, Ramos and Szkopek with Russo and Roccoli finishing the grid.
Once again the grid reshuffle had no effect on the usual front runners as Rea and Davies both came straight up to the front. Melandri did lead for some laps making it hard for Rea to pass, but once Rea and Davies came through, the Italian managed to stay with both the Brits throughout the race.
After Rea got into the lead Davies was the man on the move, constantly putting in new lap records after getting slightly held up by his team mate. He did eventually get to the front and never made a mistake which allowed him to create a gap.
The battle for 4th was between Forés, Savadori, Camier, Laverty, Lowes and Torres. Forés managed to stay in charge for a while until with few laps to go, he started to fall back. In the end it was Sykes who came out on top after the rest began to trip each other up.
With 6 laps to go the rain started to fall but luckily it had no effect on the race, and it was able to finish drama free.
P1- Davies: “It’s incredible, I knew this second race was going to be tighter, it was obviously hard to come from the 3rd row but made some good passes out there- had a lot of fun in the early laps and it was just a question of trying to set my own rhythm while behind the other guys, we were faster than- We were faster in other parts of the track than the other guys but at the same time they were quicker than me in other bits so it was pretty tricky to actually size up the moves on both Rea and Melandri for that reason but slotted down the inside in both cases and here we are, a double. It’s awesome.”
P2-Rea: “The best we could do, I really enter the tank in that race because this bike is so physical to ride here and I gave 100% to try and go with Davies, he did an incredible job, I just tried to the best I could in the beginning to be aggressive to go the front but when he came past I had nothing left so I was beat by a better guy today, move onto the next one and happy with the points haul this weekend.”
P3- Melandri: “After yesterday, I couldn’t believe to finish on the podium today, the team made an awesome job and the bike was much better today, just in a few corners it was pretty slow and I couldn’t really open the throttle because my bike was very nervous but to finish 3rd close to the 1st guy, I’m pretty happy and looking forward to the next race.”
The race results are as follows: Davies taking the win followed across the line by Rea and Melandri, Sykes took 4th ahead of Lowes, Camier, Savadori and Torres. Reiterberger came home in a respectable 9th place in front of Forés and van der Mark who seemed to struggle with tyre issues this weekend. In 12th it was Mercad, then Bradl, Ramos and getting the last point was De Rosa. Jezek, Giugliano, Badovini and Roccoli ended up taking places 16th to 19th.
DNF: Laverty suffered a crash at turn 6 as well as Russo who ran off and in the end, retired. Szkopek crashed at turn 9 ending the race for him and the same from Krummernacher who had a strange and fast crash at turn 3.
Rea still leads in the championship with 381 points ahead of Sykes with 311. Davies sits in 3rd with 276 with his team mate Melandri on 218. In 5th it was Lowes on 169, Forés with 146 and van der Mark on 135. In 8th place it is currently Camier with 120 points and Torres in 9th with 109 and still in 10th it is Laverty on 95 points.